Before you arrive

Congratulations on securing your place at AECC University College for 2021. Find all the information that you need to best prepare yourself for life as a University College student.

To get off to a great start at AECC University College, please ensure you:


1.  Complete online registration.

Online registration is your first step to completing your enrolment, and needs to be done before you arrive on campus. It takes about 20 minutes to complete and gives us the information we need about you. Your online registration means you agree to our current regulations and policies. You will also learn how to pay your fees, update and check your student record information, and accept our Student Agreement. 

If you have met the conditions of your offer you will have been sent instructions via email giving you a link to the online registration system. If you haven't received this, please contact so the team can assist you.


2. Send us your photograph

We require a picture of you for the purposes of identification whilst on campus and to provide you with your student card - which also gives you access to student discounts at retailers and local businesses! Please email this to

The image you provide must be similar to a passport style photograph and is required to be:

  • Clear, in focus and contain only you.
  • Be taken in front of a plain, lightly coloured background.
  • In colour with lighting that allows you to be clearly identified.
  • Lacking head coverings, particularly those that cover the face unless worn for religious or medical reasons.
  • Unaltered by computer software (i.e. filters).


Image sizing:

  • At least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels high
  • At least 50kb in size, but no more than 3mb.


3. Get your qualifications and ID ready for verification

Remember to bring the original copies of your educational qualifications and photo ID, either passport or driving licence to enable us to complete our ID check and give you your student ID card. Please ensure you have these documents with you when you travel to Bournemouth.


4. Sign up to the Transition programme

We know arriving at University can be an exciting time, and feel like a big step – some students will find it easier in the early weeks to adapt to University life than others. With this in mind and because we want all students to succeed and quickly feel settled at AECC University College, we are running a two-day transition programme especially designed for students from underrepresented groups to support your move to higher education.

Delivered in collaboration with our Student Ambassadors, this will take place on campus between Friday 24th and Saturday 25th September, ahead of the main Welcome Week activities. To register your interest taking part please go to  

We will send you further details and a programme of the talks, presentations and activities taking place nearer the time. If you have any queries about the transition programme, please contact Lisa Bates, Access and Participation Manager by emailing


5. Join the  AECC Students' Union new students Facebook group

Meet new students just like you, before you even arrive through the ASU's Facebook group.


6. Get vaccinated and test for Covid-19 before you travel 

At AECC University College we are committed to keeping everyone as safe as possible on campus. We are therefore encouraging all of our students to get vaccinated for Covid-19 and check that your other vaccinations are up to date; having the vaccine also means minimal disruption to your studies as you would not have to self-isolate. If you can't get vaccinated where you live, you will be able once you are in Bournemouth using one of Public Health Dorset's walk in vaccination sites - this includes international students.

Testing is an integral part of living with Covid, keeping ourselves and others safe. Please test before you travel to Bournemouth and test twice a week once you are here - you can get free lateral flow tests from the University College Reception.


7. Dates for your diary

Welcome week starts on Monday 27 September 2021 and is an essential part of your successful induction to University life, with activities designed to familiarise you with the campus and local area, getting ready to learn at university level and of course, social activities to meet new people. Your Welcome Week activities reflect the way we teach, with a combination of online and in-person activities. Check our 'When you Arrive' pages for more information. 


We are looking forward to seeing you on campus very soon!